Germany (Part 1 – Munich, The rise of Hitler and WWII) – Dec’16

Day 1 We reached Munich in the late afternoon and our first objective was to hunt for food. We made our way to the main square Marienplatz and settled in Augustiner beer hall.  It is the greatest place for genuine, fresh Munich veal sausages, pretzel, the huge portion of pork knuckle and white wheat beer….

Czech Republic – The lovely Prague – Dec’16

Night 1 Coincidentally, Hieu, my best buddy during secondary school who is residing in Finland now, planned his Christmas-getaway in Prague. So we managed to schedule a dinner together. We arrived at Prague in the late afternoon and after 20 days of travelling, we decided to take a rest and wait for dinner. Our hostel…

Austria (Part 3 – Vienna) – Dec’16

Vienna, Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s east on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Vienna’s imperial grandeur is the legacy of the powerful Habsburg monarchy and their home for more than six centuries, the Hofburg palace complex. Sigmund Freud Park The park…

Austria (Part 2 – Salzburg, Home of Mozart) – Dec’16

The city of Salzburg is divided by the Salzach River, with medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank, facing the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. The Altstadt birthplace of famed composer Mozart is preserved as a museum displaying his childhood instruments. Salzburg Cathedral is the seventeenth-century…

Austria (Part 1 – Innsbruck, Having a blast with snow) – Dec ’16

Tyrol’s capital is a sight to behold. The jagged rock spires of the Nordkette range are so close that within minutes it’s possible to travel from the city’s heart to over 2000m above sea level and alpine pastures where cowbells chime. Innsbruck is also well-known to the world as a venue for winter Olympics. And…

Switzerland – A feast for the eyes – Dec ’16

Geneva – Interlaken (via Bern) – Montreux – Zurich Before I share my time in Switzerland, there is one thing I hope travellers would do it right. The country itself is not called “Swiss”. It is Switzerland in English, Schweiz in German, la Suisse in French and Svizzera in Italian… The people of the country,…

France (Part 4 – Lyon) – Dec ’16

Lyon was more like the rest stop for our journey from Paris (France) to Geneva (Switzerland). Though the 3rd largest city in France, Lyon preserves a unique culture and lifestyle. We bought a day transport ticket for EUR 5.50 to hop on hop off tram, metro and bus to different places. We reached too early…

France (Part 3 – Paris, The burstling neighbourhood) – Dec ’16

We started our day by exploring Paris’ Latin Quarter. This neighbourhood is intellectual, arty and has been the heart of Parisian café culture since the 1920’s. It’s nice to simply wander around this area and casually visit some open-air markets and cafes. Some notable sights in the Latin Quarter are La Sorbonne (France’s most famous…

France (Part 2 – Paris, Romance is in the air) – Dec ’16

Day 2 – Eiffel tower, Notre Dame and museums After a great long day in Disneyland, we planned to visit Eiffel tower and the likes for our 2nd day. I researched beforehand and noticed that the best place to have an undisrupted view of Eiffel tower (no money spent) is from Pont de Bir Hakeim…

France (Part 1 – Paris, Magical day at Disneyland) – Dec’16

Day 1 – Let the magic begin The very first day in Paris started with Disneyland. From city center (line A RER), we took the direct railway to Chessy station which brought us directly to the infamous theme park. The park is really very detailed, each and everything matches the fairytale concept and even though…